Hurricane Matthew kills over 900 in Haiti,death toll expected to rise
Oct 8, Santiago: Over 900 people been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with aid officials saying up to 90% of some areas has been destroyed.
According to reports, aid workers have not been able to reach some of the hardest-hit towns, and there are fears more bodies will be found there.
Hurricane Matthew is now heading towards South and North Carolina in the US, after hitting Florida. Though it was expected to weaken in the next 48 hours, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
The Haitian Government and UN officials estimate that some 350,000 people need help. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say communication with the areas worst affected has been hampered by downed power lines and a lack of phone coverage.
Similarly, the Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal for $6.9m "to provide medical, shelter, water and sanitation assistance to 50,000 people".This comes amid concerns about a surge in cholera cases, with the sanitation system in Haiti already overwhelmed.
Haiti - one of the world's poorest countries - has never fully recovered from the earthquake in 2010 that killed thousands of people and a cholera epidemic that followed.
The Oslo Times/Agencies